CAPTAIN'S PRIDE

Tuesday August 08, 2017
PETERBOROUGH captain Ulrich Ostergaard has spoken of his pride at starring in the club's latest trophy triumph.

Ostergaard was a member of the team that unforgettably captured Elite League title glory 11 years ago.

And he enjoyed another famous success on Sunday when skippering the 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers to SGB Championship Fours glory.

Ostergaard was not only thrilled to help deliver a long overdue success to the club's army of supporters - but admitted it was extra special to repay the backing of promoter Ged Rathbone with a trophy.

"Ged is more than just the promoter to me," said Ostergaard. "He is a really good friend who has given me huge amounts of help in the past few years and it is great to be able to pay him back with a trophy.

"I love this club to bits and I feel proud every time I pull my Panthers race-suit on. I've been waiting a hell of a long time to win some silverware with the club again.

"It was great to be part of a league title-winning team all those years ago, but I didn't really feel like I contributed that much in the Grand Final as I didn't score many points.

"It feels even more special to have been the captain this time and also played a much bigger part.

"It doesn't usually suit me when the track is slick, but I felt so good on Sunday. I made a few decent starts and even if I missed it, I had the speed to get past people."

Ostergaard reeled off a hat-trick of wins in the Fours final - a feat matched by team-mate Chris Harris - as Panthers bossed runners-up Redcar, third-placed Sheffield and back markers Ipswich.

He dropped only one point in the entire event after a second place at the semi-final stage, while Harris went unbeaten throughout.

Paul Starke and late call-up Simon Lambert also contributed in valuable style to a terrific Peterborough performance.

Ostergaard added: "We didn't worry about the result and just tried to enjoy our racing.

"I was confident myself, Chris and Paul could come up with plenty of points. We didn't expect too much from Simon as he is still coming back from injury and didn't find out until late that he was going to be riding, but he was superb as well.

"To win the final in the way we did was a great achievement. We hammered the other teams in the end and it was great to do that in front of our own fans."

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